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Boston Celtics Sign Gerald Green

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics have signed Gerald Green, a free agent shooting guard who last played for the Miami Heat. Green will return to Boston, the team that drafted him into the NBA in 2005 with the 18th overall pick. This will be the third season for Green in Boston and the Celtics will become the team he played most seasons for in the NBA.

After Green's under average season in Miami, it was expected of the Heat to not re-sign him and let him go. In 69 games (14 starts) for the Heat, Green averaged 8.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. His shooting percentage was under 40% and he shot in low 30s from the long range. His numbers decreased even further in the playoffs, just like his production, so the Heat decided to let him go in the free agency.

In two seasons with the Celtics, Green averaged 8.9 points per game while shooting slightly above 42% from the field. His best years were in Phoenix, where he averaged 14 points per game over the course of two seasons. The Celtics are hoping to get the similar production from the guard as they look to be competitive next season after adding a big-name free agent, Al Horford.

The Celtics couldn't make it out of the first round last postseason, but with the newest additions they could go much deeper, even into the conference finals. If Green plays as well as he is capable of playing, there is no doubt that he will be one of the best bench players in the NBA, or he could even secure a starting spot on the team. On the other side, he will be replaced by Tyler Johnson in Miami, who was signed to a 4-year contract earlier this offseason.

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